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As occurs every year when the rainy season starts, the impoverished nation of Haiti is struck with disaster, as what little infrastructure it has cannot withstand the flooding and mudslides which kill people, destroy homes, roads and bridges and often sweep away farmers’ livestock. For decades, no effort was made by any international organization to develop Haiti and build the infrastructure that could prevent these disasters, with the exception of the Schiller Institute’s Plan To Develop Haiti, published in the Oct. 1, 2021 edition of EIR. Rains that first hit the northern city of Cap Haitien, wreaking havoc there, have now extended to other southern and western departments with equally devastating results. Thus far, the Miami Herald reported May 7, that 17 people have died and more than 4,000 homes have been destroyed..

In Cap Haitien, the country’s second-largest city, the mayor reports that the city’s streets are impassable, because rains cause uncollected garbage to pile up and block the streets. Mayor Yvrose Pierre says the city needs an emergency intervention from the central government. There are canals and ravines that haven’t been drained for ten years, but the functioning of the central government has been hindered by the rampage of violent gangs in Port-au-Prince.

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